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Pastoral Appointments announced

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A message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen June 5, 2019: “I am pleased to announce the following clergy appointments, all of which will be effective August 1, 2019, unless otherwise indicated.   There are a few outstanding assignments to be announced in the near future.”

PDF of the Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Appointments 2019

A. Pastors:

Fr. Peter Olisa

 

 

 

Fr. Peter Olisa, Pastor at St. Anne, Watrous, SK; St. Pius X, Imperial, SK; and St. Patrick, Young, SK:   Fr. Peter Olisa has served as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine parish in Humboldt and at Holy Spirit parish in Saskatoon.

 

 

 

Fr. Emile April

 

 

Fr. Emile April, Pastor at Trinity Parishes: Saints Donation et Rogatien, Prud’homme, SK; St. Denis, St. Denis, SK; St. Philippe Neri, Vonda, SK.

 

 

 

Fr. Thekkekulam Santhosh, VC

 

 

Fr. Thekkekulam Santhosh, VC, Pastor at St. James, Wilkie, SK; Our Lady of the Assumption, Handel, SK’ and St. Paschal, Leipzig:  Fr. Santhosh is from Marymatha Provincial House in India. Fr. Santhosh has been ordained for 11 years.  (Arrival and start date to be confirmed).

 

 

 

Fr. Hoang Nguyen

 

 

Fr. Hoang Nguyen, Pastor at St. Joseph, Saskatoon and St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon; and for the Vietnamese community in Saskatoon:  Fr. Hoang has been serving the Fox Valley cluster of parishes.

 

 

 

Fr. David Tumback

 

 

 

Fr. David Tumback,Pastor at St. Patrick, Saskatoon:   Fr. David has been on a one-year sabbatical after serving at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon for 12 years.

 

 

 

Fr. Geoffrey Young

 

 

 

Fr. Geoffrey Young, Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon:   Fr. Geoffrey returns from his studies in Rome.

 

 

 

Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi

 

 

 

Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi,Pastor at St. Mary, Fox Valley, SK; St. Michael, Burstall, SK; St. Mary, Richmound, SK:  Fr. Francis is joining us from the diocese of Kumasi, Ghana.

 

 

Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR

 

 

 

Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR, Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon:  Fr. Mick has been in the formation house for Redemptorists in San Antonio, Texas for the past two years and prior to that had served at St. Mary’s for five years.

 

 

B. Associate Pastors:

Fr. Prosper Abotsi

Fr. Prosper Abotsi, Associate Pastorat St. Augustine, Humboldt, St. Scholastica, Burr, Holy Trinity, Pilger, Assumption of our Lady, Marysburg:  Fr. Prosper is from the diocese of Jasikan, Ghana.

 

 

 

 

C. Chaplains:

Fr. Phong Pham

 

 

 

Fr. Phong Pham, Chaplain at St. George’s Chapel, CFB, Dundurn, SK:   Fr. Phong has served at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon.

 

 

 

Special Assignments:

Fr. Richmond Diala

 

 

 

Fr. Richmond Diala, Pastor, Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, Athabasca Region, including Our Lady of the Cape, Black Lake, SK; Our Lady of Sorrows, Fond Du Lac, SK; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Stony Rapids, SK.  Fr. Richmond has been serving as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral as well as in Hospital Chaplaincy.

 

 

D. Seminarian Update:

Van Tam (Luke) Tran, seminarian

 

 

Van Tam (Luke) Tran will be entering his second year of seminary at Christ the King Seminary in Mission, BC this fall.  He is currently living at St. Michael’s parish in Cudworth. Please join us in remembering in prayer Luke and all those considering entering the seminary to discern priesthood.

 

 

E. Clergy Updates:

Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB

 

 

 

Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster. He has been serving as Pastor in Watrous, SK; Imperial, SK; and Young, SK.

 

 

 

Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB

 

 

 

Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster. He has been serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas as Pastor at Southend, SK, and La Ronge, SK.

 

 

Fr. Steve Morrisey, CSsR

 

 

 

Fr. Stephen Morrisey, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon. He has been serving as Pastor of the Trinity parish cluster and in prison chaplaincy.

 

 

Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI

 

 

Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI, will be receiving an assignment in the Archdiocese of Regina. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Joseph, Saskatoon and St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon.

 

 

 

Fr. George Chatholil, VC

 

 

 

Fr. George Chatholil, VC, will be returning to the Vincentian community in India. He has been serving as Pastor at Wilkie, SK; Handel, SK; and Leipzig, SK.

 

 

Fr. Gerard Cooper

 

 

 

Fr. Gerard Cooper will be taking a sabbatical. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Patrick, Saskatoon.

 

 

 

 

Fr. Denis Phaneuf

 

 

 

Fr. Denis Phaneuf will be retiring. He has been serving as Chaplain at CFB Dundurn, SK.

 

 

 

 

Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR

 

 

 

Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon. He has been serving as Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon.

 

 

 

Deacon Kris Ringwall recently moved to Saskatoonfrom the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, USA, and will be working at the University of Saskatchewan.

I take this opportunity to thank all of these priests for their ministry in our diocese and we pray for God’s blessings on their priesthood as they move forward to new assignments or retirement.

“Please offer a warm welcome to the priests joining our diocese as you have an opportunity to meet them and remember all in your prayers.”

In Christ,

Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen

Message from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2019 National March for Life

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In communion with the Holy Father,  the Bishops of Canada support the sanctity of life

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in profound unison with Pope Francis, affirms that all human life should be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

The Bishops of Canada have and will continue to advocate and collaborate with organizations across the country, many of which are not Catholic, in endeavours to bring together people from different perspectives who believe in the sanctity of life.

Events such as the annual and regional Marches for Life are meaningful opportunities to unite thousands of people speaking with one voice to proclaim the dignity of all human life.

In full communion with the Holy Father, Catholic Bishops and all faithful are united in declaring, as the Church has believed since its beginning, that the “distinctiveness of human life is an absolute good,” and that “abortion and euthanasia [are] extremely grave evils that contradict the Spirit of life and plunge us into the anti-culture of death.”

Likewise, Pope Francis has recently observed that the “threshold of basic respect for human life is being crossed, and brutally at that, not only by instances of individual conduct but also by the effects of societal choices and structures” (15 January 2019 letter from Pope Francis to the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life).

Today, the Bishops join their prayers with all those who stand up for life.

Message from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2019 National March for Life

PDF of CCCB Statement

(English): Message – Marche pour la vie 2019 March for Life – EN

(French): Message – Marche pour la vie 2019 March for Life – FR

 

Easter Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

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Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Greetings Clergy, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:

I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Easter Season! We enter into a profoundly meaningful time in the life of our faith, as we recall our Lord Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem in which He personally meets the tragedy and seeming finality of the human propensity towards ‘fatal attractions.’  The Saviour’s response is one of complete self-giving and the literal outpouring of His life. Indeed, the greatest love the world has ever known is that which we witness on that terrible day we know as ‘Good Friday.’

Then, Easter Sunday comes! Jesus, after having faced the totality of human death …rises! Indeed, Our Lord has confronted and taken on absolutely anything that can come between us and the saving love of God, the Creator of the world who did not will that death be the final experience for humanity. As Our Lord states, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Let us recall with devotion and gratitude the journey that Jesus takes from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. May His journey inspire and embolden us regarding what is possible in terms of healing and new hope. Our world faces many challenges. We too face obstacles that at times seem insurmountable. Through all of this, Jesus continues to lovingly and faithfully look at us, saying “…for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

As Pope Francis recently stated, “Christians cannot fight the devil by becoming ‘superstars.’” The Lord responds to the evil one by holding fast to His own way, the way of humility and trust in God’s unrelenting faithfulness to us. May this Easter season be a time of hope and renewal for us all. Not because we are heroic with our goals and affirmations, but because we recommit to walking always with the Lord. He has risen from the dead, and has shown us the way from enslavement to freedom; from destructive anger or despair to healing; from death to life.

May the Easter season be a time of healing and renewal for us all.

Sincerely in Christ,

+ Bishop Mark Hagemoen

PDF of Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s letter to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful, Easter 2019: Message

Pope Francis issues Apostolic Exhortation “Christ is Alive” as a follow-up to Synod on Youth

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Christus vivit (“Christ is Alive”) is a new document that Pope Francis addresses to young people and the entire People of God.

 

The document is the fruit of the Extraordinary Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment held in Rome in October 2018. As Pope Francis writes:

“With great affection, I address this Apostolic Exhortation to all Christian young people.It is meant to remind you of certain convictions born of our faith, and at the same time to encourage you to grow in holiness and in commitment to your personal vocation. But since it is also part of a synodal process, I am also addressing this message to the entire People of God, pastors and faithful alike, since all of us are challenged and urged to reflect both on the young and for the young. Consequently, I will speak to young people directly in some places, while in others I will propose some more general considerations for the Church’s discernment.”

NEWS: Call for Conscience Protection

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Protecting conscience rights in Saskatchewan

An advocacy campaign is underway in our province, asking supporters to  call upon the provincial Minister of Health and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to provide robust conscience protection for healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan.

With the passing of euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation in Canada, provinces are now implementing local protocols. We are encouraging all those concerned about this issue to respectfully contact the Minister of Health and MLAs.

Parishes across the province will be offering opportunities to sign letters to provincial politicians on the Feb 23-24 weekend, or submit letters electronically, via https://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/saskatchewan

This protection is in place in every other country worldwide that allows euthanasia. 

View a video about the issue:

More information: Coalition for Conscience information sheet

Conscientious objection must be legally protected! Please contact your elected officials in Saskatchewan.

 

 

Youth Synod at Feehan – Seeking faith and meaning

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A Youth Synod was held at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School Jan. 29-30 to prayerfully explore what youth are experiencing today and its impact on spirit, faith and life.

Youth shared testimony and insights, with small groups reflecting on themes such as: deepest needs, hope, experiencing God’s love, how is God calling, reconciliation & forgiveness; and how the church can be an authentic place for youth to seek and find God.

Rejoice and Be Glad – Conference at St. Therese, Bruno

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Join in this weekend conference at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission, Bruno, SK from 5:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

Speakers at the conference entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad! Rediscovering the Joy of Christ” include Bishop Mark Hagemoen (opening address); Fr. Michael Lund; Chris O’Hara and Becca Arend.

Cost starts at $90 per person,, commuter rate, with options for meals and accomodations. Register online at https://www.sttherese.ca or call (306) 369-2555.

Catholic bishops commit to new national guidelines for protecting minors

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Bishop Hagemoen welcomes new CCCB document about the protection of minors and vulnerable persons

Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is welcoming the updated and expanded national guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable persons, which were unanimously adopted by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB) Sept. 27 during their 2018 annual Plenary Assembly in Cornwall, ON.

Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, the document was publicly released Oct. 4. It is an update of the previous document From Pain to Hopeadopted by Canada’s bishops in 1992, as well as a 2007 follow-up document.

“The purpose of this new document, as with the previous ones, is to inform the various policies and protocols of each individual diocese. This is a reference document that helps us do the policy work at a local diocesan level,” said Bishop Hagemoen. “So, this is very important and helpful.”

Large in scope, the new national document is purposefully focused on the protection of minors, noted the bishop. “Of course, there are other implications of this, which relate not just to sexual abuse but all forms of abuse, and with a view to making our environments safe for everyone – yes, with a particular focus on minors, but also for all people who are part of the life of our church communities.”

The document benefits from a number of learned best practices since From Pain to Hopewas released more than 25 years ago, he added. For instance, the new document clearly emphasizes the need to put victims first, and to deal pastorally with those who have been hurt by abuse.

“We must be very victim-focused in our pastoral approach. The document definitely addresses that, as well as naming how our parish communities must be healing communities.”

In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, a review and update of the existing Covenant of Care safe environment policies and protocol has been underway since early 2018. Pastors and other parish leaders from across the diocese of Saskatoon heard more about the update at a diocesan Administration Day Sept. 12.

Once the new national guidelines are taken into consideration, the updated diocesan Covenant of Care will be finalized and promulgated in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, said Bishop Hagemoen.

“This is an updating of our protocols, taking into account the experience of implementing our safe environment policies, and of giving great care and attention to how we oversee and supervise our people who work with high-risk age groups within our churches.”

The bishop added that the policy is also a way to help clergy and laity continue to do their good work of ministry with support and confidence –“because our ministry needs to continue, in fact it needs to expand. Our ministry needs to grow, especially for those who need it the most, including the most vulnerable.”

In addition to a clear delineation of procedures in cases of sexual abuse, the national document puts forward over 60 recommendations inspired by nine lessons which Bishops have learned through their collective experiences over the past quarter century.

“The document seeks not only to provide guidance for diocesan/eparchial protocols and policies as well as those for religious communities, but to stimulate a cultural transformation in attitudes about sexual abuse,” states a media release from the CCCB.

The new guidelines apply to all Catholic clergy (bishops, priests and deacons), as well as members of religious communities and lay personnel who are working in Catholic parishes or Church organizations.

In developing the policy, the bishops of Canada obtained input from a broad spectrum of people, including survivors, lay women and men, as well as professional consultants with experience and expertise in psychology, social work, child protection, and Church and civil law, stated the CCCB release, noting that the majority of experts consulted also have specific experience in protecting minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.

“With this document, Canada’s bishops reaffirm their commitment to continue improving practices in their dioceses/eparchies with an emphasis on long-term prevention and pre-emptive action,” said the CCCB statement.

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Additional Information

Video: Introduction to Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation – https://youtu.be/71_KUyo3NkE

Document: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation(PDF) is available from the CCCB website at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Protecting_Minors_2018.pdf (permission must be obtained to reproduce the resource: permissions@cccb.ca). The document is also available for purchase from CCCB Publications: www.cccb.ca